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    Air Tran or United - help me choose

    We have nonstop options from nearby airports to either fly United or Air Tran. I have never flown Air Tran so I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on which one to choose. United seems a little more expensive, but not sure if it will be noticeable after I add on fees with AirTran.
    Which would you pick and why?
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    we have chosen the nonstop route to aua on air tran a few time since we moved to fla.
    we have no complaints.
    the price was right and we grabbed it.

    as an addendum though, we took the upgrade once for almost no money to first class/business class and the first class/business class on air tran was far inferior when compared to first on AA, united or Delta. Other than the wider seats and better legroom, it was nothing to write home about.
    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    We have nonstop options from nearby airports to either fly United or Air Tran. I have never flown Air Tran so I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on which one to choose. United seems a little more expensive, but not sure if it will be noticeable after I add on fees with AirTran.
    Which would you pick and why?
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 02-18-2013 at 06:01 PM.

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    I have used both airlines from Chicago to Aruba. We used Airtran last August and had no issues with our flight.

    I watched the prices of airfare almost daily and when the fare dropped below what I payed, I called Airtran and I was given Airtran credit. I applied that credit to our baggage fees and seat upgrade.
    8th trip to Aruba!

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    I have found that the chartered flights/aircraft tend to have smaller seats and it is a little more "squishy". With the regular airlines the seats are slightly larger and (if you can believe) a little more legroom.

    Last year I traveled on a charter (not to Aruba) and was upgraded to their first class, the seats were the same size as the economy on USAIR.

    Price and connections will dictate most decisions but if things were pretty well equal, I might be inclined to travel with the regular airline.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    i am getting the impression that you may think Air Tran is a charter co.
    Air Tran is one of the "discount" airlines, similar to Spirit. It is now owned by SWA and will be flying under the name SWA in a year or so. I may be wrong, but years ago i think it was called Valu Jet. Maybe Chadd can correct me on that?

    Quote Originally Posted by Randi View Post
    I have found that the chartered flights/aircraft tend to have smaller seats and it is a little more "squishy". With the regular airlines the seats are slightly larger and (if you can believe) a little more legroom.

    Last year I traveled on a charter (not to Aruba) and was upgraded to their first class, the seats were the same size as the economy on USAIR.

    Price and connections will dictate most decisions but if things were pretty well equal, I might be inclined to travel with the regular airline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    i am getting the impression that you may think Air Tran is a charter co.
    Air Tran is one of the "discount" airlines, similar to Spirit. It is now owned by SWA and will be flying under the name SWA in a year or so. I may be wrong, but years ago i think it was called Valu Jet. Maybe Chadd can correct me on that?

    Yes Andrea, I did think that. Thanks for the correction.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    haha i was unsure why you wrote about the charter seats being small. i went back and read and reread and then guessed that maybe you thought Air Tran was charter.
    bingo

    safe and fun travels to aruba for you very soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randi View Post
    Yes Andrea, I did think that. Thanks for the correction.

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    Airlines & Airfares

    We always Fly United Airlines and prior to United, Continental Airlines until the merger. Our flight is non stop from Newark International Airport. On a recent trip to Aruba, we had flown United, but flew USAirways back to Florida. Loved that airline.
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    have flown both although not to aruba....airtran(IMO only) is more reliable....I must just have bad luck with united....always delays or cancellations when I choose them.....have never had a problem with airtran....
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    I didn't realize AirTran would give a credit based on price change, that would be a nice benefit but the flight is pretty full so I doubt the price will come down any. I'm a little concerned that the flight from Baltimore on our date doesn't have 2 seats together, and being a "passenger of size" I really need to sit next to my husband. I'm also curious to see if AirTran is going to adopt Southwest's stricter policy on who has to pay for an extra seat. I understand the policy and completely support it, which is why I feel it necessary to sit next to my dh so we can raise the armrest and I am only infringing on him and not a stranger who paid for their ticket and shouldn't have to be uncomfortable. Southwest is known for being strict on this, does anyone know how AirTran is?
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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